In its undiluted form in which combatants attack and counter with exacting agility and lightning-quick kicks, taekwondo proves a thrilling spectacle. Twin Cities audiences will have a chance to witness the sport’s signature maneuvers as the Minneapolis Convention Center plays host to the 2019 USA Taekwondo Championships. Organized by the national governing board of taekwondo in the United States (the group responsible for overseeing Olympic participation), the weeklong event will showcase some 4,000 athletes competing to be the best in their respective divisions. Matches will offer a vast spectrum of aspiring champions, from promising neophytes to seasoned fighters, in a wide range of classes segmented by age, sex, weight, and skill levels. The event also features a fascinating roster of sparring sessions and board-breaking demonstrations. Having not had a USA Taekwondo event in the area since 2002 (when the Metrodome hosted the Junior Olympics Taekwondo Championships), Twin Cities audiences are overdue for an exhibition of the exceptional athleticism required to reach the top of this exacting martial art.